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THE MOON SHALL BE IN DARKNESS. A fragment of another well-known street ditty, contributed by Mr. Charles Sloman.
Ritson prints this song in his North Country Chorister, 1802, under the title of " The new Highland Lad." He says, in a note, " This song has been lately introduced upon the stage by Mrs. Jordan, who knew neither the words, nor the tune." As to the words, all the verses were not fit for the stage; therefore, Mrs. Jordan selected four, made trifling alterations in them, and sang them to a tune of her own. The old tune (although not at all like a Scotch air), is in≠cluded in Johnson's Scots' Musical Museum (vi. 566). It has been entirely superseded in popular favour by that of Mrs. Jordan.
" The blue bell of Scotland, a favourite ballad, as composed and sung by Mrs. Jordan at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane," was entered at Stationers' Hall on the 13th of May, 1800, and the music published by Longman and Co.
In the Douce Collection, p. 105, is a ballad entitled " Joyful news for maids and young women," &c, " to the tune of The blue bells of Ireland;" but I have not met with any tune under that name. The burden of the ballad isó " And the blue bells of Ireland                    And the blue bells of Ireland
Rings well and rings well;                      Rings ding, dong, bell."

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